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US Intelligence Officially Accuses Russian Government for the DNC Hack

In a joint statement today by the Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security, Russia has been officially blamed for hacking and publishing archived emails from the Democratic National Committee this summer: "The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations."

— "The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts."

— "These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process. ... We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities."

— "Some states have also recently seen scanning and probing of their election-related systems, which in most cases originated from servers operated by a Russian company."

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